Trafficking or Transferring Identity
An individual commits the crime of trafficking in stolen identities when he/she creates, transfers, sells, buys, or possesses, without the consent of the true owner of the identity, any identification documents or other identifying information with the intent to commit identity theft.
Possessing five or more identification documents from the same person, or holding personally identifying information of five or more separate individuals, without their consent or authorization, also creates an inference that these documents are held with the intent to manufacture, sell, buy, or transfer them in order to commit identity theft.
If an individual knowingly transfers personal identifying information of another person to a third person with the intent for that third person to commit an unlawful act using the stolen information, such as obtaining goods, services, credit, or medical information of another without his/her consent, this is considered identity theft trafficking.
Personal Identifying Information refers to name, Social Security number, birth date, driver’s license information, passport number, taxpayer number, fingerprints, or other unique physical characteristics.